Most people usually identify themselves as either an early bird or a night owl, but it’s hard to say if one is better than the other. These are the perks to each one.
Despite what you may prefer, this video from AsapSCIENCE‘s YouTube channel explains that your bird type may be predetermined. Genetics may play a part when it comes to which hours you thrive in, along with your environment. Early birds definitely have an edge, because they fit better with our standard nine-to-five society, have more positive social traits and may be less prone to depression and addiction.
Night owls experience what is called “social jetlag” in the early hours of the day, and that can affect their work and social lives without proper adjustments. It could easily be the other way around, however, if typical workdays and classes occurred during the evening.
If the early bird gets the worm, what does the night owl get? We may never know for certain, but it’s possible that night owls can be more creative, have higher cognitive ability, and may have a higher chance of being risk takers (which can be both good and bad). So while the typical work day favours the early birds, there are worms to be had by all. The trick is finding your peak performance times. Which one are you?
Early Birds vs Night Owls [YouTube]